4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Sharp Farms v. Speaks (P)

Since its inception in 1946, a tobacco cooperative administered a federal price-support program designed to stabilize tobacco prices for member growers. That program ended in 2004, when Congress enacted the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act. By this point, the… Read More ›

United States v. Tillmon (P)

After being caught in a sting operation aimed at exposing corrupt law enforcement officers, the defendant-appellant was convicted for multiple drug-trafficking offenses and three counts of federal programs bribery. The challenged drug convictions are affirmed, but the federal-programs bribery convictions must… Read More ›

United States v. Martin (P)

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent precedent in United States v. Chavez-Meza (2018), the district court erred in not giving the defendants-appellants individualized explanations for its adverse rulings on their respective motions for sentence reductions under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). One… Read More ›

United States v. Carver (P)

In the appellant’s conviction and sentencing for identity theft offenses, the trial court did not err in accepting the appellant’s guilty plea or in its sentencing analysis. The appellant’s challenges on appeal to his plea colloquy are insubstantial, and none… Read More ›

Roe v. Howard (P)

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s civil-remedy provision supports a $3 million award to a housekeeper who was sexually abused by the defendant and her husband while working for them overseas. The court properly held as much and also did not… Read More ›

Thomas v. Berryhill (P)

In this claim for supplemental social security, the administrative law judge failed to sufficiently explain the reasoning underlying her evaluation of the claimant’s residual functional capacity. The ALJ also failed to identify and resolve an apparent conflict between the testimony… Read More ›

United States v. Young (P)

The appellant’s conviction for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State is affirmed, but his convictions for attempting to obstruct justice are vacated. The district court’s admission of Nazi and white supremacist paraphernalia as evidence did not constitute… Read More ›

United States v. Seerden (P)

In federal criminal proceedings against a member of the U.S Navy, the Fourth Amendment governs whether evidence is admissible, not the Military Rules of Evidence. Based on a military search warrant arising from sexual assault allegations, the Naval Criminal Investigation… Read More ›

Hannah P. v. Coats (P)

The district court correctly held that an employer was entitled to summary judgment as to an employee’s Rehabilitation Act discrimination claim and FMLA retaliation claim, arising from the employer’s decision not to hire her for a permanent position. However, the… Read More ›